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Image of the Day: Tsunami Debris Beached in Oregon

On Thursday morning, one of the docks from the Japanese port of Misawa, which lost three of its docks during the tsunami last year, appeared on the shores of southern Oregon. 

The 162-ton dock is among thousands, possibly millions, of tons of debris that could continue to wash up on Pacific shores in the next six months, according to the BBC.  Experts are concerned that debris as big as the dock that is still floating in the Pacific could be dangerous for ships. Not to mention, the invasive species that were attached to the dock, such as a Japanese species of starfish, pose biological threats to the native coastal species of the Pacific seaboard of the U.S. and Canada.

Credit: Oregon State Parks


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